Newsletter - 7 August 2020

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

The Long Game

Australian Ninja Warrior, it may not come to mind immediately as favourite family viewing. This niche reality show/competition came to my attention recently in conversation. Curiosity piqued; some research was called for. After a quick internet search, I found what I was looking for. My computer screen glowed with a close shot of a concentrated face. Clad in a personalised uniform of dayglow lycra, a competitor stood, every muscle tense and visible, exuding strength and agility. Cut to two commentators, microphones held high — but not high enough to obscure perfectly made up faces — they looked as if about to deliver some tragic news. In serious tones they recite the virtues and short comings of our prospective contestant. Back to a split screen, one side all fluorescent adrenaline, nerves and intense effort to remain calm, the other covered in strategically placed logos, names and statistics.

What follows is a trial of endurance, resilience and fortitude. The competitor walks, climbs and runs, strains, stretches and sweats through a series of obstacles. Names like, rolling log, globe grasper and, dare I mention it, Mt Midoriyama are heard with increasing volume as the neon attired ninja progresses through the course. Finally, the gauntlet run, energy spent, the last requirement of the race is to press a large button, cementing a time: minutes and seconds, that may or may not lead to a reward.

Compare this with the life of an Eddies Man through Term 3 in a year like no other. Yesterday, I spoke to our College Captains about how their year was progressing. The answers included words like “excited”, “tired” and “happy”. They spoke of their preparation for external exams, of the welfare of their cohort and trials they have faced and are still to face leading into Term 4. Today we celebrated the academic achievements of our Years 10 and 11 students who have run the gauntlet of a changed learning format to still achieve at a very high level. In a few weeks we acknowledge the young men of Years 7, 8 and 9 for the same feat. This evening our firsts basketball and tennis teams play finals matches in a shortened format season reigned over by interrupted preparation and COVID Safe plans. While tomorrow, all our other Eddies teams will venture to the indoor halls and outdoor courts of the seven Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) to play out similar finals.

In the busyness of day-to-day, our young men have had to face obstacles, yet I see smiling faces wherever I look in the yard. Clad in blue and white they have run quite a few races and continue to show their strength, fortitude and good humour.

Coupling the unfolding year as it is with the normal trials of navigating adolescence certainly colours the understanding of school in 2020 for our young men. Hopefully, what they experience and learn each day will ensure they complete this race, this long game. Overcoming the obstacles placed before them and finally pressing the button that cements their time at Eddies will, all being well, see them skilled and ready, respectful and resilient, reflective and responsive, prepared to graduate to the world.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Recently we trialled an alternate Teams format for Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. While initially rather strange, teachers and families seemed to adapt well to the new experience. This format remains a viable contingency for forthcoming evenings, however, we look forward to having face-to-face events again in the future. Thank you to Mrs James and her team for creating this opportunity for valuable feedback.

Catholic Education Week Celebration

We assembled, on Monday, to celebrate a Catholic Education week, that was somewhat virtual. On the day, many of the now common characteristics of school life this year were evident. Led by Fr Stephen Bliss, it commenced with a video presentation by our Year 12 leaders and flowed seamlessly into a beautiful ritual. Whole school liturgies have been uncommon this year due to restrictions, but it was wonderful to gather as a school in this celebration of faith.

Thank you to Fr Stephen for leading our Celebration as well as Mrs Rice and her team for organising this, together with Mr Devin and Mr Cowles for the video production.

You Can’t Ask That!

On Wednesday we welcomed Fr Stephen to the College for the second time this week. Some fifty Years 11 and 12 students gathered in Ambrose Place at first break to pose queries about life and the Church to Fr Stephen. One of our College Captains, Tom Parker, presented questions from the audience that were both thought-provoking and challenging. Fr Stephen’s equally challenging and thought-provoking but also practical answers, connected deeply with our young men. I am so grateful for his willingness, openness and candour. Thank you to Ms Rimland, Fr Stephen and Tom Parker for this wonderful event.

Ray Celegato, Principal

You are Invited - Eddies Twilight Tours – Wednesday 12 August 2020 – 5.00pm to 7.00pm

The Deputy


Identity News

The Foundation of our Spirit

At Monday’s Assembly we acknowledged that at Eddies we have a strong spirit that has been cultivated over many years. Led by the College Student Leaders, we heard that at the core of our spirit is our faith. We reflected that although we may go through challenging times, we can draw on the spirit of our College to get us through. Therefore it is important to nurture our faith.

When we nourish our spirit, we have the capacity to share it with others.

When we share our spirit with others, our students become kind, strong and gentle men.

This is why we pray. This is why we, as Christians, gather together.

We can draw strength from the community and maintain that strength through faith, to ‘show some ticka’.

In celebration of this spirit and to remind us always of the need to nurture our faith, each Homeroom received a seedling. Just as a seedling needs strong roots in a well-supported foundation, our Homeroom groups will care for their plant and hopefully see the growth that comes from nurture and care.

Take a look at the reflection our Student Leaders put together for our Liturgy.

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‘You Can’t Ask That!’ - With Father Stephen Bliss

On Wednesday, Fr Stephen Bliss, Parish Priest of Ipswich Catholic Community, had the opportunity to remind our students of the need to be critical thinkers and reflective in our faith. We were blessed to have Fr Stephen join approximately fifty students to answer some tough questions. This is what Ashton Riddell (Year 12) had to say about the experience.

The “You Can’t Ask That!’ session with Fr Stephen Bliss on Wednesday was a great experience. Despite the controversial questions presented to Father, his responses were well formulated and educational. The plethora of boys who attended showed the upmost respect for the Priest and seemed thrilled to engage in meaningful discussion. The discussion really highlighted our burning desire to have genuine and meaningful discussions beyond what most deem as untouchable subjects and I thank Ms Rimland for organising such a profound event.

Winter Sleepout and AIC Winter Appeal

On Thursday night (6 August), sixty staff and students spent the night at the College in solidarity with Australians who sleep rough. The winter sleepout is an opportunity for those involved to understand the root of the issue and what needs to be addressed to begin to make changes in our society. Most importantly, it challenges students to engage their hearts and minds and in doing so help them to develop a sense of compassion and empathy for members of our local and global community.

I am very grateful to the staff who organised and supported this event including Ms Adrianna Rimland, Mrs Anne Artesi, Ms Erin Collins and Ms Kate Elliott. We were lucky to also have the presence and insights of Mr Timothy Hill. Mr Hill has previously attended the sleepout as a staff member and asked if he could be a part of this significant experience.

Student Reflection from the Sleepout

"Our experience and the stories we have heard tell us that homelessness is very complex and, many times, generates vicious circles that are hard to break. However, we heard that there is hope! We can see that we are the people on the path of someone else’s experience, and it is our responsibility to recognise the issue but also see the person.

As we build our capacity to understand the different paths that lead to homelessness, we can see that we have the capacity to be people of hope who walk alongside in solidarity with the vulnerable.

We hold the hope to break down stigma and stereotyping. We hold hope so that people feel heard, and a hope that our understanding may impact on someone’s misunderstanding, so that they too can be people of hope. We have heard simple acts of kindness are not going to stop homelessness, but they acknowledge that hardships can liberate people."

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Academic Assembly

Congratulations to our Years 10 and 11 students who received Academic Awards today. Their achievements deserve commendation given that they were accomplished during this unique time in history and through online learning. The guest speaker, in lieu of having a St Edmund’s Old Boy attend the assembly, was Pierce Brosnan delivering a speech to the graduating cohort of Dickinson College, Pennsylvania in 2019. He spoke of “making something that matters” and having “vision and mission” in your life. The video of the assembly can be viewed on the College Facebook page.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Congratulations - Academic Award Winners

Semester 1, 2020





Johnathan DONNELLY

Kobie LOW




Ekachai ADAMS





Mitchell TREBBIN



Jayden RASMUSSEN - Plumbing

Corey TAYLOR – Diesel Mechanic



Christopher BAKER













Zachary MURPHY



Ethyn VIT



Library News - Week 4

Discover New Worlds...e-Books

Reading is like just about everything else in life, the more you do it - the better you become. Reading helps us build a better vocabulary and improve focus and concentration. It can also help to develop better writing skills.

In this current climate of self-isolation, it is an opportune time to take up reading. The St Edmund’s College Library has e-books and audio-books available for download so students can continue to borrow and read uninterrupted no matter what happens in the future.

To login to the ePlatform, students use their student ID (eg. s12345) and the password is: Library1

If you do not wish to download the app go to:

Please speak with the library staff if you have any queries.

Ms Karen Callaghan, Head of Department: Information Services and Learning Resources

Year 9 Visual Art

Term 2, 2020 Project

During our tumultuous Term 2, 2020, our Year 9 Visual Art students focused their area of study on the White Australia Policy. Through quiet reflection, students created some powerful and moving artworks that truly encapsulated the harsh realities and consequences of this policy. Some beautiful and thought-provoking pieces have been included this week, highlighting the depth of understanding and the portrayal of feelings that Visual Art can capture. Many thanks are extended to Ms Chelsea Weston and Ms Robyn Pozzias and of course our talented Year 9 Visual Art students!

Ms Frances O’Sullivan, Head of Department: Creative Arts


The term White Australia Policy was widely used to encapsulate a set of historical policies started in 1901, that aimed to forbid people of non-European ethnic origin, especially Asians (primarily Chinese) and Pacific Islanders from immigrating to Australia.

Students researched Chinese labour, practices of ‘blackbirding’ for the sugar cane plantations, segregation, restrictive immigration policies and massacres of indigenous peoples and how these actions contributed to the maintaining of a white racial and economic pecking order. They also looked at excerpts from Australian news media regarding these issues.

Recreating a portrait of Richard Edwards an entrepreneur living in Brisbane who was a strong White Australia Policy advocate, students used Text only in varying sizes to create, outline, tone, facial features, and clothing. Repeatedly using specific words and phrases to create definition, form and characteristics.

Sitting quietly while creating these powerful and moving artworks, students also came to realise the harsh lifestyle, social tensions, resentments and restrictions that were placed on migrants, enforced labour workers and indigenous people.

Well done Year 9 Art students on your creation of the basic inequality and undesirable treatment with words, to create a haunting visual.

Ms Weston and Mrs Pozzias, Creative Arts Staff

e-Sport Results - Week 4

SEC Glacier win over Forest Lake

After a long steady match, the Glaciers were able to take out the victory. The game started with consistent gameplay followed by a few unfortunate mishaps from some of our newer players, who redeemed themselves with awesome damage in key team fights later. Our “Top Laner” was able to get some key solo kills which ended with putting him a long way in front making him a very strong asset to the team. Jungle was able to play consistently and our “Midlane” who inflicted most of the damage our team was responsible for, also solo killed their “Carry’s” at crucial times before major objectives.

In summary, the Glaciers were able to take out a steady win against Forest Lake, with good coordination, objective focus and match consistency.

Alex Mansell, Team Captain

10 Rocket League

Going into our second round undefeated, the team was able to uphold the winning streak, now holding four series wins to nil losses. The fourth round saw the opposing side forfeit the match early resulting in an outstanding victory. While our gameplay has room for improvement in high-pressure situations, our series has had an outstanding start. We look to keep improving throughout the season.

12 Rocket League

The second round, first match was played against our Year 10 counterparts. After a tough match, the skilful 10 Rocket League team took the victory. The second round, played against the Chisholm Maroon, saw a solid victory for the 12 Rocket League team.

Mr Nick Klimowsow, Teacher

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Eddies Men Can

EMC Week 4 Program

This week our students engaged in:


Today’s lesson explored moods and how our moods can affect the way we think about certain things and the way we act in certain situations. Students learnt that mood swings are common during adolescence because of all the physical and emotional changes that a young person is going through.


How harmful or harmless is drug use and abuse? Drugs come in a variety of forms, both legal and illegal, and are used by almost all people at some stage in their lives; from drinking tea or coffee to taking prescribed medication, or harder drugs like amphetamines and heroin. Adolescence tends to be a time where experimentation with drugs is the most likely. This lesson explored what drugs are, legal and illegal drugs, the effects of drugs on a person’s health and wellbeing, what to do in a crisis, and prevention and treatment strategies for those affected by drug use and abuse.


Last year students began their education regarding drugs, and in particular, during one of their EMC lessons they watched a program that presented some facts and fiction regarding drugs. Students then divided into small groups to examine various scenarios and formulate ways to minimise or eliminate harm. Today they continued their drug education which aims to give them strategies that will keep them safe in the future.


Students watched a confronting film regarding a particularly dangerous drug commonly referred to as ‘Ice’. Over the years, this drug has evolved and is now considered the ‘most dangerous’ drug faced by Australians as a result of its damaging impact on the human body, and its severely addictive nature. Students considered the health implications of the drug and identified the impact that drug use has on individuals and the wider community.


We know that a lot of driver safety education for our students will be done by parents and driving schools, but the EMC program also offers some opportunities to examine this really important topic. Driving is an exciting time and represents freedom and a big step into adult life. SEC wants our students to enjoy this huge step in their life but most of all, we want everyone to be safe. Today’s lesson focused on distraction which is one of the ‘Fatal Five’. Students partook in some fun activities where they identified distractions and tested their reflexes.


Whether students attend Schoolies Week, festivals, ‘gathos’ or parties, our young men must be safe. The Red Frogs presented important facts, information and tips to our Year 12s in order to stay safe and look after their mates. Students were given information to take home and Red Frogs contact numbers to use in the future.

Ms Vanessa Bell, Director of Students

Student Photo Day - Monday 24 August 2020

Years 7 to 12 Home Group Photos

A reminder that all students must be neatly attired in correct, full College Uniform with polished shoes.

Winter Uniform, including tie, applies for Years 11 and 12.


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Career News

Careers - Week 4

Career Opportunities - QTAC - Tertiary - VET Pathways

Queensland Police Service Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program (IRPP)

For successful participants, the QPS’ Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program (IRPP) provides direct entry into the QPS Recruit Training Program. The IRPP is a 10-week, full-time course at the Queensland Police Service Academy. Visit the website for information about the minimum application requirements and the selection process. You can download an IRPP flyer from this same website.

6 sectors presenting emerging occupations

There are many new and emerging jobs and industries in Australia that didn't exist in their current form a few years ago. The dominance of big data is an influencing factor for high demand jobs; however, Myfuture reports that there are several other sectors that are presenting new opportunities, including:

  • Digital marketing: Data analytics is providing opportunities to measure performance effectively and closely track return on investment.
  • Cyber security: Cyber security is driving the growing need for consistent, organisation-wide responses to digital business risk.
  • Healthcare: Positions in outpatient care centres and home healthcare agencies are growing quickly. Along with disease management expertise, these roles will have a sophisticated understanding of the data and analytics tools available as well as business priorities across the spectrum of healthcare providers.
  • Retail: The retail industry is borrowing ideas from the startup world and investing in new initiatives that identify growth opportunities across digital media and technology. For example, some businesses are using insights obtained from customer behaviour analytics to create highly targeted engagement and marketing strategies.
  • Manufacturing: Industrial processes are more technology focused, and factory workers will need new skills to operate lasers, sophisticated control tools and robotics equipment.
  • Information technology: Evolving consumer and business needs require effective strategies for mobile and digital platforms.
QTAC and Tertiary Entry

A reminder of 2020 fixed closing dates

Some courses have fixed closing dates. These are usually courses that require separate application forms (as well as a QTAC application), interviews, folios or auditions. In addition, some course requirements may be needed earlier than the closing date for applications. A list of most of these courses and their closing dates or due dates can be found on pages 26 and 27 in the 2021 (current) Year 12 QTAC Guide. Examples of early fixed closing dates:

  • 13 August 2020 – UQ - Audition applications close for UQ Music degrees (including double degrees)
  • 4 September 2020 – GU - Audition and folio application for Queensland Conservatorium courses
  • 31 August 2020 – JCU - QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions from international students for Bachelor of Dentistry and Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (see page 115 and 116 of the QTAC Guide).
  • 31 August 2020 - GU - Griffith Uni Bachelor of Acting and Bachelor of Musical Theatre must apply to QTAC and submit an audition application to Griffith University
  • 28 September 2020 – QUT - Registration with QUT for Creative Industry courses with additional entry requirements (ie. Fashion, Design, Fine Arts – Visual Arts) and QTAC application;
  • 30 September 2020 - JCU - JCU application form submission and QTAC applications for Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor Surgery and B of Veterinary Science
  • 14 November 2020 - UQ - QTAC applications close for UQ's Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
  • 11 December 2020 - USC - Bachelor of Medical Science (Griffith MD Provisional Entry for School-Leavers) applications due to ensure consideration in the 14 January offer round.

Note that if you don’t meet the due dates, you will not be considered for the course. You must check your 2021 QTAC Guide or visit the QTAC website for other fixed closing dates.

How are applicants selected for courses through QTAC?

Many courses you apply for through QTAC for study in 2021 are competitive. Consequently, many institutions use specific selection criteria to select students. Once institution admission rules are met (i.e. English Language Proficiency – automatic for most domestic students; age requirements – generally 18 years or completion of Year 12) selection is based on:

  • meeting minimum entry requirements for the course (these may include subject prerequisites (usually General subjects), a folio; an interview or audition; a specific test, an essay or questionnaire; the successful completion of a course), and
  • merit (ATAR or a QTAC Selection Rank).

Through the QTAC process, eligible applicants (i.e. those who meet the entry requirements) are considered in order of merit (i.e. ATAR or QTAC Selection Rank). In very simplistic terms, the ATAR or Rank of the last person to get into the course before all places are filled becomes the lowest ATAR/Rank to receive an offer or minimum selection threshold, for that course in that offer round. Note: the current 2021 QTAC book still refers to Lowest OP/Rank as the previous years minimum thresholds are used as a guide and in 2019, OP was still current. Remember these minimum thresholds are a guide only and can move up or down each year due to annual demand for a particular course.

Paying for QTAC

At the end of your QTAC application you will be required to pay $45 application fee before your application is accepted. This is usually done using a credit or debit card. If you are having difficulty paying for your QTAC application or you can only pay with cash you should see your guidance officer/counsellor to make other arrangements.

Griffith University
Applications for 2020 Bachelor of Music Theatre and Bachelor of Acting

To be considered for admission to the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University's B of Musical Theatre or Bachelor of Acting for the 2021 Trimester 1 intake you must complete the following steps:

1. Register and pay for your QCGU audition through GriffithPAY by 31 August 2020 ($90 application fee).

2. Submit your QTAC application between 4 August and 31 August 2020

There will be a two-phase audition process. Phase one requires you to prepare an audio recording demonstrating your ability and submit by 31 August 2020. If you are successful in Phase 1 you will be invited to attend an interview or additional performance as part of the Phase 2 process. Auditions will take place at the Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank from 28 September– 3 October 2020. There is no deadline for International applicants making an application however, it is advisable to apply by 31 October for entry in 2021. Visit the degree website and audition information for further details of audition requirements and application process.

VET Pathways to Griffith

Griffith University have a long tradition of recognising the skills and knowledge gained through Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a highly effective pathway to university for Year 12 students. From VET Certificates to Diplomas, Griffith offer pathways into a wide range of Undergraduate degrees. Click here for a full list of Griffith degrees and information about the different VET pathways you can take.

Scholarship applications for Griffith University

Griffith University have more than 600 scholarships that help make university a reality for a variety of new and continuing students. You could be eligible for different scholarships based on your background, chosen study area, hardships you’ve experienced or your achievements so far. Applying for scholarships is free and simple and you can apply for multiple scholarships with just the one application form. The scholarship application is now open for those who plan to study at Griffith in 2021. Click here for full details on how to apply and scholarships available.

Want to study Engineering but lack the prerequisites?

Griffith University offers a pathway into Engineering through the Aptitude of Engineering Assessment (AEA) exam. This pathway is open to Year 12 students who may not meet the prerequisites for admission into engineering. The AEA is a 2 ½ hour multiple choice test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding. Successful applicants will receive admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at either the Brisbane or Gold Coast campus or the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Nathan campus. Exams will be held in Brisbane (Nathan Campus) and the Gold Coast campus on Saturday 26 September 9.00am - 12.00 noon. If you live in a regional area you can apply to take the exam online.

Queensland University of Technology

Adjustment schemes

QUT offers a number of adjustment schemes providing QTAC applicants with adjustments to their selection rank (or ATAR equivalent), making them more competitive for their chosen course. Find out more about adjustment schemes.

Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme

If you're an elite athlete and you're applying to QUT, you can apply for this scheme to receive adjustment factors of up to six selection ranks (depending on level of competition). Read about the scheme here.

Leadership and development opportunities

Going to uni is much more than attending lectures and tutorials. QUT offers a range of development opportunities through its College of Excellence program and its Leadership, Development and Innovation program. The College or Excellence program provides personal and professional development for high-achieving students, and the Leadership, Development and Innovation (LDI) Program which is a leadership skill development program, is available to all students across the university. Visit the website for details of these two programs.

Self-guided tours at QUT

Explore the QUT campuses using their self-guided tour maps and find out more about their learning and teaching facilities, community spaces and cultural venues on campus.

The University of Queensland

Download UQ brochures and guides

You can access the brochures on the UQ Publications and Forms web page. Some of the brochures and guides available are:

  • Undergraduate Guide 2021 – summary information about the courses offered next year and much more
  • UQ Scholarships Guide 2020 – a list of available scholarships for future and current UQ students
  • UQ College Student Guide – for bridging and tertiary preparation opportunities
  • UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student guide
  • UQ Guide for Parents – information for parents preparing their child for UQ
  • UQ International Baccalaureate student guide
  • UQ Accommodation Guide – Get to know your accommodation Options
  • UQ Year 10 Student Guide – What life is like at UQ

Experience days

UQ will hold two virtual/online experience days in August this year. These events are a great way for both students and parents to gain a greater understanding of study areas. Click here to register for either the Experience Entomology event on 22 August or Experience Plant Science event on 29 August.

UQ College bridging courses

UQ College is offering University Prerequisite Courses in General Mathematics , Mathematical Methods, Chemistry or Biology. They are planned to be delivered face to face on St Lucia Campus over a four week period in November and December. Successful completion of the prerequisite courses will satisfy the entry requirement at The University of Queensland and some other universities for Semester 1, 2021. Applications can be accessed through the UQ College website (scroll down to the Tertiary Preparation Program section). Click here to visit the website for more information and contact the College for applications closing dates.

University of Southern Queensland

Creative Arts auditions and interviews

If you are looking to study creative arts at USQ you will need to attend an audition and/or interview in addition to your QTAC or direct entry application. (Please note that Film, Television and Radio applicants don't require an audition - just apply straight to QTAC.) Check the program entry requirements for the course/s you are interested in by clicking on the link below. There is no fee for auditions or interviews. To register for an audition or interview at USQ complete the USQ Online Audition Form.

Early Offer opportunity for Year 12 students

USQ’s Early Offer allows graduating Year 12 students, who place USQ #1 on their QTAC application, an opportunity to receive an early offer based solely upon a recommendation of your principal, through one simple application form. You are still required to meet all the relevant entry requirements plus you'll still be eligible for Become Rewarded scholarships once ATARs are released. The application form is available now and can be submitted from Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Year 10s - A guide to planning your QCE pathway

Making decisions about the subjects and courses to take in Year 11 and 12 is an important step. This online guide will help you understand the requirements for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), explore your learning and career goals and develop a draft outline of what your QCE pathway might look like. The senior pathway video will help you understand the basics about the QCE. Find out more about:

  • Preparing for learning in Years 11 and 12
  • The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • How the QCE works
  • What can I study?
  • Vocational education and training
  • QCE pathways
  • Assessment
  • Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments
  • Tesults and reporting
  • ATAR
  • FAQs

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Counsellor/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 4

Band Recording Day

I am excited to finally announce that there will be two Performing Arts events taking place this month! These include the ‘Band Recording Day’ on Sunday 23 August and the Cultural Showcase on Friday 28 August. The Band Recording Day will give students from the Jazz Band and Senior Contemporary Ensemble a wonderful opportunity to record songs they have been rehearsing this year.

Cultural Showcase

Our annual Cultural Showcase will take place on 28 August. Our Senior students will be the focus of the evening with many students performing for what may be the last time on their school journey.

The Cultural Showcase will not be a combined event with St Mary’s College as we have not been able to rehearse any of the combined College ensembles since Term 1. This year, the Cultural Showcase will be held in St Edmund’s College Hall on Friday 28 August, commencing at 6.00pm. As a Covid-Safe venue, the following guidelines will apply for this event:

  • Social-distancing rules will apply.
  • A maximum of 2 parents/caregivers per student performer will be able to attend.
  • Registration is required upon entry.

I look forward to this evening which will be a great night of entertainment and a celebration of the talented students we have at the College.

Instrumental Lessons

I am pleased to see an improvement in attendance at instrumental lessons this week. Please remember that students who do not attend their lesson are at risk of being removed from the program. All students must make sure they know their lesson times and arrive at their session prepared and on time.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

SEC Chess

Chess is underway

Chess training is well underway for this year’s season. The players train on Monday afternoon 3.00 to 4.00pm and Thursday afternoon 3.00 to 4.30 pm. On Thursday afternoon we have a coach from Gardiner Chess working with the students. All competition games are listed on the Chess cocurricular site. Our trial games against St Peter’s Lutheran College will be held next Thursday afternoon, 13 August. The arrangements are:

  • Students selected to play in the Chess trials will leave directly after school, travelling by bus to St Peter’s Lutheran College and returning between 6.30 and 7.00 pm.
  • All other students will remain at St Edmund’s College for training with Gardiner Chess.

We are proud of the fact that as a Chess team we aim to work with all students to further develop their ability and love for the game of Chess. Even if a student is not selected to play in a competition game or trial, he remains a member of our team.

Ms Debra Whyte, SEC Chess Coordinator


AIC Tennis Results - 1 August 2020

Round 3 Vs Padua College

Firsts - LOSS 0 – 8. All players had some exciting matches that showed their skill and determination despite the final scoreline. Ben Naish played well against a familiar opponent, showing improvements in his performance from the same game last year, a testament to the First players’ commitment to training and preparation. Adam Hammant had a narrow loss in a tie break in his first singles set. Padua was a strong opponent.

Seconds - LOSS 2 – 6. Connor Cash and Scott Morrice were a strong pairing in their reverse doubles match winning 4-0. Nathan Smith and Shaun Costello fought hard to win their doubles game in a tie break. Shaun Costello in his singles game was down 4-0 and fought back to 5-4 before finishing with a loss, 6-4. This was a close game and showed great improvements in Shaun’s game over the season.

11A - LOSS 2 – 6. Haydon Caunce and Hugh Tyne played well in reverse doubles winning the match 4-2. Daniel Fordham won his singles in a lengthy game with a final score of 6-4. Kai Baker and Daniel Fordham had a close doubles match losing in a tie break. Well done to all players.

11B - WIN 7 – 1. Xander McNeil and Raspen Beer had a convincing win in reverse doubles (4-1) and Sam Callaghan and Lachlan Norton won their doubles in a tie- break. It was a great day on the court for singles matches also. Xander McNeil was narrowly defeated (6-3) in a long match.

10A - DRAW 4 (29) – 4 (29). Stewart England led the team taking three wins for the day. Connor Sampson and Aodhan Gallaher had close singles matches that could have moved either way, with Connor coming from behind for a win.

10B - DRAW 4 (27) – 4 (27). Despite their winning three singles matches, the team won only one doubles. Riley Mills had a good singles win and Ethan Vit achieved a doubles win in his first tennis match.

9A - WIN 8 – 0. All team members played well against strong opposition. Clay Baker persisted to win his singles match. Doubles matches were clean-cut wins.

9B - WIN 6 – 2. The consistency of Bailey Spencer and Dylan Morler brought the team home. Ethan Windolf and Owen Cass overwhelmed the opposition registering easy wins in all matches.

8A - LOSS 0 - 8. Although we did not come away with the win, we played good quality tennis and hung in for every point. Commendable effort to all players in their doubles, whilst going down narrowly. It was great to see solid ground strokes and confidence at the net. We are really starting to understand tennis is a team sport, with doubles requiring strong on court connection and communication. The court camaraderie and communication has improved and will continue to do so. All players should be proud of their efforts.

8B - WIN 6 – 2. We really lifted and brought our best game to the court on the day. We are starting to see our hard work and dedication come to full fruition, with a win over Padua 6 sets to 2. Tennis can be a lonely game. It is tough mentally as well as physically and this week all players won the mental battle, maintaining on court positivity. Well done to Cody O’Sullivan and Flynn Walker who won their singles. It is positive to hear players reflecting on their game - what went well and how they can improve. Congratulations to Beckham Hayes who played in his first AIC competition and went away with a 6 – 0 in his singles. Commendable effort to Jack Baker who continues to improve and bring consistency to the court each week.

7A - LOSS 3 – 5. A great morning of Tennis against a competitive opposition. All team members played very well, displaying their skills developed at training. Special mention to Archie Moore and Samson Noffke who are progressing well as a doubles pairing, winning both their matches. Well done to all 7A players.

7B - LOSS 1 – 7. A very good morning of Tennis against Padua. All team members are playing well and have improved immensely through the season. The players are picking up skills gained at training and displaying great sportsmanship. Special mention to Will Schreiber and Kyan Daly on their win in one of their doubles matches. Well done to all 7B players.

AIC Basketball Results - 1 August 2020

Round 3 Vs Padua College

Firsts - WIN 106 – 50. This week the First V took a huge step towards realising their potential. After last week’s tough fixture, the team should be proud of the way they regrouped and displayed their ability, showcasing their aggressive brand of team basketball. Max Banditt demonstrated intelligence and control on offense, while everyone fired on defense.

Seconds - WIN 46 – 29. Our Year 12s started their final home game with tremendous skill and effort, building an early lead. Thornton Hendry and Jack Noonan were too much for Padua in the first half, with Sam Togia eating up the opposition in the second half.

Thirds - WIN 29 – 27. The players dug deep to hold on to the game. Foul trouble early in the second half made life tough.

Fourths - LOSS 27 – 28. An exciting game down to the final second. Poor passing and missed shots made a difference in the second half.

11A - LOSS 17 – 49. The team played hard but were outmuscled by a bigger, stronger team. Bailey Lyon had a great offensive game and Zac McGuire was stellar on defense.

11B - LOSS 16 – 43. The team played some of their best basketball this season; however, Padua was able to hold their lead throughout the game. Many positives going into Round 4.

10A - WIN 60 – 45. A great team win over last season’s tied Premiers. Zane Kaatz and Nathan May provided an early spark for the players before Fletcher Rahn connected on three straight threes. Our team defence did the rest, keeping Padua to a modest point total.

10B - WIN 36 – 25. A good win with an impressive team performance. Good communication and opening spaces served us well. A great second half set us up for the playoffs this week.

10C - LOSS 19 – 37. Impressive periods of play were not enough against a physically strong opposition. Regan Payne was a constant presence at both ends along with Ethan Sadler who drove hard and stayed focused. Our more agile players showed that they can match the competition.

10D - LOSS 7 – 31. A well-structured and strong opponent saw the team chasing the match from the start. Zed Melling was determined in play and showed that he will only get better. Jack Stewart played well.

9A - WIN 46 – 20. The game was much closer than the score reflected. Padua was a strong opposition to the undefeated 9As particularly on the defensive end of the floor. It was a mixed bag for the Blue and White at times. The team played some of their best basketball of the season and looked unstoppable, only to struggle to convert on easy chances in the next set. The team must ensure their play is much tighter for the Villanova match-up this week. Hamish Asquith continues to impress with his overall game and he was well-supported with outside shooting from Ethan Ketelhohn and Harry Noonan. Rex Quince looked like Charles Barkley, underneath the basket all game.

9B - WIN 45 – 27. At nine minutes into the game, we stared down a very grim scoreline of 1-4. Energy from our bench and tactical changes on offense added 25 quick points to close the match. All team members contributed at both ends and helped seal a comfortable win. The opposition found Kai Anderson-Emslie and Michael Tate were too much to handle in the paint, whilst Malachi Rangi and Mitchell Wade kept up the intensity by running the floor and successfully engaging the defense.

9C - LOSS 25 – 37. A well fought game from both sides had us toe-to-toe right until the end. The players put up their best performances so far this season and should be proud of their efforts. Tom Wyton and Jack Cannes played extraordinarily well.

9D - LOSS 12 – 45. The team started strongly, stringing together loose balls on offense, making good reads, moving the ball effectively, and rebounding well. The energy and pace dipped in the second half as player fatigue took its toll, leading to wasted possessions. All in all, a much better showing. Noah Bastin-Ross was a beast on the boards, with Ethan McQueen playing well, intercepting in passing lanes. The team can only move up from this point.

8A - WIN 44 – 40. After a slow start the 8As took a comfortable lead into half time on the back of craft moves and solid rebounding by Phillip Ador Deng. In the second half, Ojino Mundugu sparked a runoff from the bench to help widen the lead. The team kept their cool to win by four points.

8B - LOSS 30 – 39. The 8Bs jumped to an early lead,19 – 13, before half time before Padua fought back to tie at the half. Lewis Guinea and Riley Kross ignited the team’s offense driving to the basket and hitting critical shots. However, a bigger Padua team was able to take enough second-chance points to prevail.

8C - LOSS 28 – 44. A slow start from the team coupled with many turnovers through bad passes and poor ball control gave Padua a decent lead. A hard foul late in the second half sent Lachlan McDermott-Parkes to the foul line which resulted in the team clawing back some of the deficit on an 11- 0 run to bring the players within 10 points of Padua. However, poor defensive match-ups allowed Padua to extend the lead, putting the game out of our reach.

8D - LOSS 6 – 80. It was a tough morning for the 8Ds in the Padua basketball cage. We played our hardest and made the most of the game despite being undermanned and against a strong opponent. A well-played debut game from Ryder Rundell, who made strong drives to the rack and handled the ball well. Isaac Christensen and Dieter Johnson worked hard throughout the entire game. Overall, a good effort from all the lads.

7A - LOSS 12 – 45. The team showed up ready to play on Saturday, although without their usual coach. The players faced a tough, full-court trap that placed them in a hole early in the game, but they pushed through and picked up their game in the second half, with a great third quarter. Charlie Parkes, Kaelan McNamara and Tiger Campbell had big games. The team communicated well and showed great potential despite the loss.

7B - LOSS 23 – 29. A close fought match with great defence and plenty of scoring opportunities. The players levelled points at different times during the game, but Padua maintained the upper hand for the win. Ben Gillis led the scoring followed closely by Patrick Albion and Gabriel Shirley.

7C - LOSS 19 – 40. A small squad of seven players whose continued improvement allowed a better start to the game with early points being scored. Inexperience in general play saw Padua capitalise on turnovers. There were great moments of play both offensively and defensively. Top scorers were Hamish Rickards and Lachlan Fielding with 6 points each. A massive basket from Brooklyn Signall.

7D - LOSS 10 – 37. A good game where the team toiled well; however, they could not peg back Padua’s first half lead. Cleaner padding and more confidence in their own abilities will serve well in the crossover. Austin Wade and John Clark played well.

AIC Tennis FINALS Fixtures - 7/8 August 2020

ATTACHMENT - Vs Various Colleges at Various Venues

AIC Basketball FINALS Fixtures - 7/8 August 2020

ATTACHMENT - Vs Various Schools at Various Venues


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